3 Arrested for Theft of Honda Accord After Attempting to Evade Miami Officers

  • June 24, 2012
  • recovery stories

On Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2012, the owner of a Honda Accord sedan contacted the Miami Police Department to report the vehicle stolen. After officers verified the theft, they had the Honda’s information entered into the state and federal crime computers, which activated the LoJack transponder concealed in the vehicle.

Minutes later, an off-duty member of the Auto Theft Task Force received the Honda’s silent LoJack signal on their patrol car’s LoJack Police Tracking Computer. Following the directional and audible signal on the LoJack Tracker, the task force member quickly located the sedan in the 700 block of N.W. 33rd Avenue. As he approached the vehicle, he observed three men climb inside, passed the vehicle and parked on the corner of N.W. 33rd Avenue and 11th Street to observe. The stolen vehicle approached the corner, turned left onto N.W. 11th Street and proceeded west. The Task Force member followed at a safe distance, but soon was caught in traffic. He observed a Miami Police Department squad car begin to chase the Honda with its vehicle lights flashing. The driver stopped the vehicle, and all occupants attempted to flee on foot. The occupants on the left side of the vehicle were immediately apprehended by other responding officers. The passenger on the right side of the vehicle fled north and jumped a fence with another officer right on his tail. He, too, was soon apprehended. All three suspects were arrested for Grand Theft Auto.

Inspection of the vehicle revealed a broken ignition. The vehicle was recovered, released to the owner at the scene, and removed from the police computer systems. The LoJack Vehicle Recovery System was installed in this Honda Accord in December 1996 and has been protecting it ever since. It should be noted that this is the second time that this vehicle had been stolen and recovered with the use of the LoJack System.